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L’ornithose en abattoir de volailles : Un dépliant pour informer les travailleurs
Les personnes travaillant en abattoir de volailles sont exposés à cette maladie due à une bactérie transmise par les oiseaux. Ce nouveau dépliant édité par l’INRS informe les travailleurs en abattoir de volailles sur le risque d’ornithose (appelée aussi psittacose). Ce dépliant explique que l’ornithose se transmet par voie respiratoire via l’inhalation d’aérosols contaminés par les fientes. Il rappelle que tous les salariés travaillant en abattoir peuvent être exposés,...
23 nouvelles fiches sur les effets des produits chimiques sur la reproduction : nouveautés de la base Demeter
La base de données Demeter de l’Institut national de recherche et de sécurité (INRS) intègre 23 nouvelles fiches concernant des produits chimiques et leurs effets sur la reproduction, portant à plus de 130 le nombre de références qu’elle contient. La base de données Demeter (Documents pour l’évaluation médicale des produits toxiques vis-à-vis de la reproduction) fournit une synthèse de l’état des connaissances sur les dangers de plus de 130 produits chimiques. Ces fiches sont destinées...
Occupational diseases: European Commission releases comprehensive inventory
The European Commission published a report in early June on occupational diseases (OD) in 29 European countries relative to its 2003 recommendation on OD. The report focuses on a series of aspects: recognition, compensation, prevention, epidemiology, public awareness, statistics, etc. It also analyzes the positions of stakeholders (government, social partners, insurers, etc.) and discusses emerging risks and good prevention practices. The report suggests ways of improving the situation, such as: stepping up the exchange of information and experiences between countries on detection and compensation...
NIOSH Announces a New Center for Workers' Compensation Studies
In 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Workers’ Compensation Studies (CWCS) was created to organize workers’ compensation data that are already being analyzed by NIOSH researchers in existing programs, such as the Economics Program, Surveillance Program, and the Center for Motor Vehicle Safety. The mission of the CWCS is to use workers’ compensation data to prevent and reduce the severity of workplace injuries and illnesses. Source :
Dance floor mechanical properties and dancer injuries in a touring professional ballet company
OBJECTIVES : The mechanical properties of the floors used by dancers have often been suggested to be associated with injury, yet limited etiological evidence is available to support this hypothesis. The dance floors at three theatres regularly used by a touring professional ballet company were mechanically quantified with the aim of comparing floor properties with injury incidence in dancers. DESIGN : Cross sectional. METHODS : Test points on the floors were quantified in accordance with European Sports Surface Standard protocols for force reduction. Injuries and associated variables occurring...
Actsafe New Fact Sheet: Concussions
We've added a new Fact Sheet to our ever growing library of Safety Bulletins and Fact Sheet information. A concussion is generally the result of a blow to the head, face or jaw, or even elsewhere on the body. A concussion may also result from a whiplash effect to the head and neck. Health effects can include wide range of short or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language, or emotions. This Fact Sheet reviews the common signs and symptoms of a concussion; what to do if a concussion may have occurred; recovery; and prevention. Source :
Cancers Pro Doc, le guide des ressources documentaires sur la prévention des cancers professionnels
L'Institut national du cancer (INCa) met en ligne un guide de ressources documentaires sur la prévention primaire des cancers professionnels : Cancers Pro Doc. Il propose une sélection de documents publiés au cours des dix dernières années. Ceux-ci proviennent de sites institutionnels ou d'organismes reconnus (instituts de recherche, ministères, agences, organismes internationaux etc.). Source :
Tableaux des maladies professionnelles : Une base de données à consulter
25/04/2013-Tableaux des maladies professionnelles Pour son édition 2013, la journée mondiale pour la santé et la sécurité veut inciter les acteurs de la prévention à lutter contre les maladies liées au travail. En proposant une base de données qui permet l’accès aux tableaux des maladies professionnelles français, l’INRS participe activement à ce défi. Source :
Prevention of occupational diseases: implementing the evidence
In reflecting on his career, Archie Cochrane once said that he felt it was a pity that he was mainly remembered for his work on randomised controlled trials (RCTs). He actually felt more proud of the research he had done on behalf of workers in British coal mines.[1] Based on his work, dust levels in coal mines have been lowered considerably, reducing the risk of pneumoconiosis. There have been improvements in many other occupational safety and health (OSH) statistics, such as injury rates and exposures to chemical agents,[2] but there are also OSH problems for which the statistics have not shown...
Exposition aux champs électromagnétiques
Générées par de multiples applications industrielles, les champs électromagnétiques sont susceptibles d'altérer la santé des travailleurs exposés. Afin d'aider les entreprises à évaluer et à prévenir ces risques, l'INRS publie en coopération avec l'INERIS une nouvelle brochure à visée opérationnelle (de référence ED 6136). Source :
Healthcare and other workers at risk of psychiatric trauma from needlestick injuries shows new research
A new study published today in the scientific journal Occupational Medicine has found that those who experience needlestick injuries can suffer persistent and substantial psychiatric illness or depression. Needlestick or ‘sharps’ injuries are a daily risk to nurses, medical and health ancillary workers. The physical health effects of a needlestick injury are well known but this new research has demonstrated the mental health consequences of sharps injuries. The researchers found that those affected suffered psychiatric trauma that is similar in severity to trauma caused by other events...
Work-related stress does not increase the risk of most common cancers
The joint European individual-participant data meta-analysis of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) and University College London (UCL) shows that work-related stress does not cause the most common cancers. A previous study of this subject has given inconsistent results. These new results were published in the British Medical Journal at the beginning of February 2013. The study followed 116, 000 people for an average of twelve years. During this time, five percent of these people developed some form of cancer. However, no association was found between work stress and the risk of...
NIOSH Alert - Preventing Occupational Respiratory Disease from Exposures caused by Dampness in Office Buildings, Schools and Other Non-Industrial Buildings
Office buildings, schools, and other non-industrial buildings may develop moisture and dampness problems from roof and window leaks, high indoor humidity, and flooding events, among other things. This CDC-NIOSH Alert contains recommendations regarding building design and use. For this Alert, CDC defines "dampness" as the presence of unwanted and excessive moisture in buildings. Research studies have shown that dampness-related exposures from building dampness and mould have been associated with respiratory symptoms, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rhinosinusitis, bronchitis, and...
Fatalities due to dichloromethane in paint strippers: A continuing problem
Background Exposure to dichloromethane (DCM or methylene chloride - CH2Cl2) in paint strippers continues to be an avoidable source of morbidity and mortality. DCM has been under regulatory scrutiny by occupational and consumer product agencies since the identification of its carcinogenicity in the mid-1980s. Methods We investigated two independent workplace incidents that resulted in three cases of DCM intoxication from paint stripper use. Results Each incident investigated resulted in a fatality. A third worker suffered obtundation requiring hospitalization and intubation. Conclusions The continued...
WorkSafeBC Occupational Disease Portal
This new web portal provides information about hazards such as asbestos, carbon monoxide, pesticides, and mould/bacteria to help prevent occupational disease. Source :
Decompression sickness and tunnel workers
Underwater construction and tunnel operations use compressed air to stabilize soil and keep out water. In these conditions, workers are at risk of decompression sickness (DCS). DCS can be treated or prevented using a decompression chamber guided by decompression tables. The tables direct the time and pressure intervals needed to ensure workers are brought back to surface pressure safely. This webpage provides information about decompression sickness and the NIOSH decompression tables. These tables are accessible for use by workers, employers, and safety and health professionals. Source : http:...
Un nouveau site internet Santé-Travail
Les Services de Santé au Travail Paca –Corse mettent à disposition sur internet de nombreuses ressources pour répondre aux besoins des professionnels. met en commun les ressources et les compétences des Services de Santé au travail des régions Paca et Corse et offre de nombreux outils pratiques et utiles pour la mise en œuvre d’une politique de prévention des risques professionnels. Le site est actualisé au jour le jour et propose : •Des données générales sur la Santé au Travail...
Prévention du risque chimique dans les garages automobiles
Les salariés du secteur du commerce et de la réparation automobile sont parmi ceux qui sont les plus exposés aux agents cancérogènes, mutagènes et toxiques pour la reproduction (CMR). Selon l’enquête SUMER 2010, 66% d’entre eux seraient concernés par l’exposition à ce risque contre 13% en moyenne tous secteurs confondus. Le document de la Direccte Nord Pas de Calais dresse un tableau très complet des maladies professionnelles qui touchent fréquemment les mécaniciens et détaille les sources...
Risk of carbon monoxide release during the storage of wood pellets
The HSE is issuing this notice to those who use, install, maintain or distribute wood pellet boilers or manufacture/store/distribute wood pellets. Since 2002 there have been at least nine fatalities in Europe caused by carbon monoxide poisoning following entry into wood pellet storage areas. Although there have not been any incidents so far in the UK the use of wood pellets is increasing and awareness of this danger is required. Wood pellet boilers are used in homes and businesses as an alternative to oil or gas fired boilers. They are also being installed to replace coal-fired boilers, particularly...
Family docs miss most work-related wheezes
Family doctors are missing the link between work and asthma in threequarters of patients visiting them suffering from the serious breathing disorder caused by their job, a new study has found. The research published this week in the journal Occupational Medicine found occupation was only recorded in 14 per cent of the cases and in nearly all cases (98 per cent) GPs failed to record if they had asked simple screening questions about whether a patient's asthma symptoms improved at weekends and on holiday - an indicator the problem is work-related. Researchers at the University of Birmingham's...
Surveillance médicale des travailleurs postés et/ou de nuit
La Société française de médecine du travail (SFMT) a publié en mai 2012 des recommandations de bonnes pratiques pour la surveillance médico-professionnelle des travailleurs postés et/ou de nuit. Cette démarche répond à une préoccupation publique d'importance, puisque environ 2 salariés sur 3 ont des horaires dits atypiques. La SFMT rappelle d'autre part que chez la femme le travail posté et/ou de nuit est un facteur de risque probable de cancer du sein. Source:
Un arrêté sur la surveillance médicale renforcée (France)
Poursuite du chantier de la réforme de la santé au travail. Un arrêté du 2 mai 2012 clarifie les dispositions relatives à la surveillance médicale renforcée de certaines catégories de travailleurs : moins de 18 ans, femmes enceintes, salariés exposés à des agents dangereux pour la santé (amiante, rayonnements ionisants, plomb, pression, bruit, vibrations, produits CMR…), travailleurs handicapés. Il abroge 12 anciens arrêtés à compter du 1er juillet 2012. Source : http://www.inrs...
Colloque « Savoir pour mieux agir en SST »
Le RRSSTQ a organisé son 8e colloque annuel le 7, 8 et 9 mai 2012 au Palais des Congrès de Montréal, dans le cadre du 80e Congrès annuel de l'ACFAS. La thématique du Colloque « Savoir pour mieux agir en santé et sécurité au travail » a été choisie pour rassembler les chercheurs des différentes disciplines autour d'une problématique similaire. Ce colloque a fait le point sur les liens entre le savoir et l'action dans le domaine de la santé et sécurité au travail (SST)...
La Lettre d’information de l’INRS de janvier 2012 est disponible
Le dernier numéro porte notamment sur les sujets suivants : Zoom sur : travail isolé : mettre l’accent sur l’organisation - Actualités : La surveillance des travailleurs exposés aux neutrons /Les chiffres 2010 de la sinistralité /Risque suicidaire et activité professionnelle / Le bilan des consultations de pathologies professionnelles. Source :
Only a fraction of occupational cancers being identified
A new study, published in September in the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology (Open Access) shows that, in most countries, the numbers of work-related cancers identified are much lower than are the estimated total burden of cancer attributal to work-related causes. The paper finds that even in countries using a number of the available methods for identification, only a limited fraction of the real number of work-related cancers are reported. The study recommends that clinicians familiarize themselves with the methods of identifying occupational cancers and strive to prevent them. Source...

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